I’ve never meet a brownie I didn’t love. Or a cheese doodle. Or a French fry. Which means I have a tendency to gain weight, especially since a tutor I had as a child always gave me cookies when we had our reading lessons and I quickly learned to eat and read at the same time.
Many cozy mysteries center around a slender, spunky, young woman with curly hair and lots of interesting clothes. I like the Supper Club series because of the ensemble cast led by an overweight, insecure librarian. Through the whole span of stories, the group battles the bulges while figuring out who did it. The six books, originally released 2006-2010 under the name J.B. Stanley, are now being published independently by author Ellery Adams.
Perhaps because I have lost fifty pounds over the past two years and yearn after sweet desserts and empty-calorie laden snacks, I identify with the Flab Five, especially Professor James Henry and his love of cheese doodles.
In the second book of the series, Fit to Die (the first was Carbs and Cadavers), the group has pretty much fallen off the bland diet wagon and gained back weight lost. A chance encounter with a fitness instructor leads them to shell out a lot of money for a diet and exercise program while longing for treats sold by old friends and new. There’s a suspicious death, a budding romance, a renovation, cardboard dinners, a pig race, and some success in the battle with the scales.
I recommend the series to anyone who can identify with being overweight and a bit bewildered at the twists and turns life takes. I read it with coffee and brownies at hand.
Required disclaimer: I was provided an advance reader’s Kindle copy of the book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, which is what this is. If you are interested in reading the book and you click on the book title link in this blog to buy it, I may get a few pennies to help fund my reading habit. #FitToDie #NetGalley